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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

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Hari Sreenivasan
Senior Correspondent, Director of Digital Partnerships, PBS NewsHour
KRCB 09/06/2013
The NSA is able to crack through encryption or protective encoding tools that are used by businesses, banks, social media and other kinds of online commerce. For example, it's often assumed that when you purchase a product online or bank online with a secured and locked h.t.t.p.s. connection, you have protected your password and financial information. But the news reports say the NSA can unlock that information. Nicole Perlroth is a cybersecurity reporter with
Hari Sreenivasan
Senior Correspondent, Director of Digital Partnerships, PBS NewsHour
KQED 09/09/2013
From Germany tonight, the magazine der spiegel is reporting that America's National Security Agency is capable of accessing user data on most major smart phones, including Apple iPhones, Blackberries, and on devices using Google's Android operating system. The magazine says its report is based on top secret NSA documents that it has seen. On Friday, Google announced that it has accelerated efforts to encrypt all its data. That followed earlier reports about NSA abilities to break digital locks.
Hari Sreenivasan
Anchor of PBS NewsHour Weekend
KQED 09/20/2014
Sreenivasan: Word tonight that the United States has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe. This, according to an Associated Press story, that quotes current and former American officials. Under the stand-down order, the AP says case officers are forbidden from so-called unilateral operations, such as meeting with sources they have recruited within allied governments. American spying in Western Europe came to light in classified documents leaked by former N.S.A. contractor Edward Snowden.
Hari Sreenivasan
U.S. Senator (I- Vermont),
KQED 09/26/2015
Sreenivasan: For years, the British government has reportedly tracked and stored billions of records of internet use by British citizens and people outside the U.K., in an effort to track every visible user on the internet. That finding comes from the “Intercept” website, which is publishing findings from national security agency contractor Edward Snowden's leak on government surveillance practices.
Ryan Gallagher
Reporter for The Intercept
KQED 09/26/2015
Sreenivasan: first of all, explain the scale of surveillance that was happening from the British equivalent of the N.S.A., the G.C.H.Q. Gallagher: well, the scale is quite phenomenal. I mean, it's hard to translate it when you just see the numbers. but you're talking about 50 to 100 billion metadata records of phone calls and e-mails and other communications every single day, so vast, vast quantities of information they're sweeping up. And they're talking by 2030 having in place the world's largest surveillance system, surpassing even what the N.S.A. In the U.S. has built
Ryan Gallagher
Reporter for The Intercept
KQED 09/26/2015
Gallagher: One of the interesting parts of the story we just put out is that we had a bunch of specific cases where, for example, we had monitored something like 200,000 people from something like 185 different countries, so almost every country in the world who had listened to radio shows through their computer. In one case they actually decided to pick out just one of these people, it seems like at random, what web sites he had been viewing. It's kind of an all-seeing system when you're gathering that amount of information, there’s going to be something in there on almost everyone. So that's something that does have an impact and effects on all of us. Sreenivasan: The G.C.H.Q. has much more lax oversight than even the N.S.A. What are they doing with this information? You in your article you pointed to a couple of cases of almost corporate espionage.
Ryan Gallagher
Reporter for The Intercept
KQED 09/26/2015
Gallagher: We have the case where they were monitoring people listening to internet radio shows. There are a couple of other really fascinating and important case where's they've used this information to—into major European telecommunications companies. The reason they did that is they wanted to get into these companies’ systems and steal information they held in their systems because that would help them spy on other people. Also, in these cases, they caused, these amounted to major cyber attacks, cyber attacks in Europe on allied countries, companies in allied countries causing millions of dollars in Euro currency damage and so, you know, the ramifications are quite severe, even in terms of the European union, for what the U.K. agency is doing in Europe.
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